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  • Emerging Green Energy Options

    Energy Options provide new ways to capture energy, and offer unlimited energy over ther life span. Many options now exist, including: Wind, Solar, Hydro, Wave and Bio mass. Energy production is a hughe contributor to Green house emissions which is why renwables are key to providing energy to the world.

  • New car technologies

    Electric cars are nothing new, and neither is hydrogen energy. But, as battery life gets longer, and bigger batteries ebcome cheaper, more peope will be enticed to buy electric cars. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV's) have been around for decades in the form of foklifts and other smaller vehicles, but only recently made available in consumer cars.

  • Government support for transit options

    Government support has mostly gone to highway projects over the recent decades, but some politicians are pushing for more green options and have provided relief to transit projects accross the county.

  • Creating more options for developing countries

    The united nations climate fund is one of many orginizations and other governments trying to help developing countries try and meet thier energy demand with green energy options.

  • Public Support for transit options

  • Highspeed Rail projects

    High speed rail is a viable option for short to medium distance trips made domestically. There is one highspeed train operator, Amtrak, in the US but new ones are going to pop up as public support for trains becomes more and more. This type of transit provides a much more economical mode of transit.

  • Retrofitting Insfastructure by adding green functionality

    Retrofitting infrastructure can help elimitnate some of effects fo large energy consumtion on some propertes. Energy can be collected from other sources, and used and then let back into the environment. This is a good way to not have to build a new building, and may provide to be just economical enough that others may switch too.

  • Making biking to work viable

    Public transit is not always teh anser to making commutes more active and less reliant on cars. In some cities, biking is a great option. In Whitehorse, the local cycling coalition in colaboration with the local governmet have created a plan to create and upgrade existing cycling networks to create a safer and more fun riding experience.

  • Government support of green energy

    Government support for green energy does not always exist. Nova scotia has sevral greenenergy initiatives, and has progressive requirements for Emera and NS power to follow. by 2020, more than 45% of power generated in Nova Scotia must be from renewable sources.

  • Solar energy

    Solar energy is getting more eficinet and cheaper all the time. New advances are allowing the deployment of solar panels that look like roof shingles, and cost about the same price. The panels will dramtically increase solar power generation.

  • GeoThermal Energy

    Geothermal power has been around since 1911, when the fist plant opened in Italy. More and more countries are tapping into the GeoThermal rescource. This is a more environmnetaly friendly source of energy than natural gas, although it still requires you to drill a hole in the ground. Chilie is leading the revolution, and aiming to rely 90% by 2050.

  • Public creation of green energy projects

    Through governmet support ad public support, many places are generating thier own green electriity. In Nova Scotia, there is a program that lets you generate your own power and even sell it back to the grid if it renwable. This program is called COMFITs.

Key Concepts

Promoting Resilience

Torjman (2007) suggests that shared places help to promote strong and vibrant communities because it helps to build resilient communities capable of prospering in times of adversity. By bringing together people, a foundation for engagement is provided whereby which people can find common understanding. From this engagement and understanding, we are able to work towards common goals to help further support and build stronger communities. Shared spaces present great opportunities for great discussion. (Torjman, S. (2007). Shared Space: The Communities Agenda. ON: The Caledon Institute of Social Policy) .

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Importance of Place

The concept of shared and public spaces is rooted in the notion of place. Whether it be the physical space in which we live or emotional place, place provides meaning and belonging in our daily lives. Places are the foundation upon which a network for people can be built. The importance of place takes significance when we think about well-being and development; quality of places and their attributes impacts our health, social cohesion, and economic welfare (Torjman, S. (2007). Shared Space: The Communities Agenda. ON: The Caledon Institute of Social Policy).

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Social Capital

The purpose of shared spaces is to bring people together, they are a location whereby which human interaction occurs. The way a place is planned ultimately impacts community health as increased social activity helps to foster an environment of support, security and trust. The socio-spatial attributes associated with these places help create unique spaces for community gatherings. Regardless of their size or geometry, public spaces serve as a means of community development and social development creating and reinforcing social bonds among people. (Friedman, A. (2014). Planning Small and Mid-Sized Towns. NY: Routledge).

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